Introducing your new favourite way to eat oats. These Sugar Cookie Baked Oats not only so yummy but they an also be gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan!
We all know oats are the key to my heart. So that's why this Valentine's Day I don't need chocolate (though I'll never say no to these brownies), flowers or jewelry. All I need is my own personal serving of these sugar cookie baked oats and I will be happy.
If you are new around here you'll know that my love of baked oats runs very deep. My s'mores and cinnamon sugar baked oats forever have a place in my heart. However after trying these sugar cookie baked oats I think I may have a new favourite.
Baked oats just hit differently. Don't get me wrong I will never discriminate against any type of oat but there's just something about baked oats that gets me every time. I love making them on mornings when I have a little extra time on my hands and I'm feeling ~fancy~. They require minimal effort but they just make my morning so much happier. So if you are in need of a self-care day, baked oats are 100% the breakfast to start the day with!
Why Blend your Oats before Baking?
I make my baked oats a little differently than you might be used to. Instead of just mixing everything in a dish and baking it I like to blend my ingredients first. You might be thinking 'Nicole why would you add another step to your morning routine' and to that I reply because it's WORTH IT! I promise you it is worth the extra 2 minutes (and dirty blender). By blending your ingredients you get a smooth batter. So this means that instead of just having boring old baked oats, you get oat CAKE... and who doesn't want cake for breakfast?
If you've ever wanted to eat cake for breakfast now is your chance.
What Ingredients do I need for these Sugar Cookie Baked Oats?
The best part of baked oats are they require ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
Oats– duh! you can’t make baked oats without oats! I like to use minute oats but really any type of rolled or quick oats will work!
Banana- This recipe uses ½ of a medium banana for some sweetness without added sugar. Unsweetened applesauce is also a great addition if you don't like bananas! See the note section of the recipe for this substitution.
Milk- I use oat milk because that’s what we have on hand in my house. However feel free to use whatever type of dairy/ non-dairy milk you choose.
Protein Powder- I like to add a little scoop of my favourite protein into all my oatmeal recipes. I find it is an easy way to help keep me full for a little longer during the day (and it adds a little extra sweetness). If you aren’t a protein powder fan, feel free to leave this out!
Chia seeds- These help keep everything together while giving you some healthy fats to help complete your nourishing breakfast!
Almond extract- If you really want your oats to taste like sugar cookies almond extract is not optional! This is what gives the oats that classic sugar cookie taste you love!
I always love seeing my recipes in action! If you make these don't forget to tag my on Instagram- @nourishedbynic or a leave a comment below letting me know how they turned out!
Sugar Cookie Baked Oats
- ½ cup oats quick, minute or rolled all work!
- ½ of 1 medium banana *see notes for substitution
- ½ cup milk of choice
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder optional
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract this is not optional!
- ½ tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 tablespoon plain yogurt
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ tablespoon maple syrup
- sprinkles of your choice
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- In a high powered blender or food processor, combine all of the base ingredients and blend until smooth.
- Pour batter into a greased oven safe dish and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top begins to brown.
- In a small bowl mix together yogurt, vanilla and maple syrup for your topping.
- Once oats are baked, remove from oven carefully and allow to cool for about 5 minutes.
- Top with yogurt mixture and sprinkle with all the sprinkles your heart desires.